September 14 -
Join The Parrot Club at 7 pm ET for a talk by Chris Driggins, Founder and President of Parrots for Patriots. Parrots for Patriots was founded by Northwest Bird Rescue in Vancouver, Washington on 6/1/15 as a program to match veterans with parrots, bringing much-needed companionship to both. Chris felt that many veterans needed a companion and many birds needed new homes, so he decided to bring them together to heal the trauma experienced on both sides. Many of the parrots have difficult pasts and the staff retrains them before offering them up for adoption. Chris says that, “taking care of a bird helps give the veteran a sense of responsibility and duty and something to spoil with unconditional love. And for the birds, they’re happy to have a kind person in their lives – somebody who cares.” Chris, a former Army veteran, suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder for years following his military service until he started Northwest Bird Rescue in 1988.
To qualify for a bird through Parrots for Patriots, veterans pay a small application fee and agree to home visits and classes in parrot care before their adoptions are approved. Chris takes great care to ensure that he has found the right bird for each new companion and applicants have to also be chosen by their birds. Chris has placed more than 100 parrots with veterans so far.